If you imagine something very strongly, it becomes visible as a hallucination, having no intrinstic reality.You should understand the difference between imagination and Self- realization. The essential proof of Self- realization– of God’s consciousness in you–is to be truly and unconditionally happy. If you are receiving more and more joy in meditation, without cessation , you may know that God is making manifest His presence in you. If there is a break in the flow of divine happiness, then there is something wrong in your consciousness, some kink that needs to be removed with the help of your guru.By maintaining steady communion with him, through daily meditation and by following his precepts— the sadana he has given you — he will straighten out that kink for you.
You cannot be with the Lord just by thinking you are divinely enlightened.You must improve yourself– you must perfect yourself.There is a lot of difference between the potential realization of God and the actual realization of God.You can never know Him expect through humbleness, wisdom, and devotion.The humble man is the one who will know God.
Those who go deep in the superconsciousness automatically develop unusual spiritual powers, and control over natural forces. But no man of true God- consciousness ever uses his powers unwisely, for egotistical display. Sages realize that the Lord is the Sole Doer, and humbly return to Him the extraordinary gifts He has bestowed on them. Is not everything in the universe a miracle? By his mere existence is not man a miracle? If human beings are not satisfied with all the wonders that God has created, why should His saints perform further miracles? They never do, unless— for some special reason, often an unfathomable one— the Lord so commands them.
—— By Sri Paramahansa Yogananda from “Man’s Eternal Quest”